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CHESTER, SOUTH CAROLINA
fjf HIS INSTITUTION, founded and maintained by the Pres-
^mf byterian Church for the education of colored youth, is loca-
ted in the hill country of Upper South Carolina, in the midst of
a dense colored population.
It is in the midst of a large group of colored churches, is
very central in Fairfield Presbytery, and is the only institution for
the Higher Education of these people within the bounds of the
Presbytery and along the hundred miles of Railway from Biddle
University to the Baptist and Methodist Institutions of Columbia.
The Primary Department is in the old buildings, erected
soon after the war, not far from the centre of the town, but the
Higher and Normal Departments, Young Ladies Ham.,
Residence oe Teachers, and the New Building, now in process
of erection, are on a beautifully sloping eminence overlooking the
town, less than a third of a mile eastward from the Depots, and in
conspicuous view from the Railroads.
The grounds of the Institute are not only ample and beau-
tiful, but exceptionally favorable for healthful ness ; the drainage
is excellent, each group of buildings being on a separate gentle
elevation, the "Old Mansion" on the exact watershed between the
Broad and Catawba Rivers ; the situation is thus most favorable
for the collection of large numbers of youth without danger from
A building is now in process of erection for the
use of the Brainerd Institute and the enlarge-
ment of its sphere of usefulness. I most cheerfully
commend the enterprise to all who can aid in its
erection. The Principal, Rev. Samuel Loomis,
has had his residence in the town of Chester, S.
C, and has been engaged in teaching the colored
people for nearly twenty years. He has been quiet
but energetic and persevering in his vocation, and
successful in organizing and supplying churches,
and in building up a school inferior to none in
the country in capacity and earnestness of his
corps of teachers, and in the number, good order,
and mental and moral training of pupils. He is a
most excellent citizen withal. He deserves the
gratitude of the colored people, and has earned
and possesses the esteem of all good people, white
or colored, that know him.
GILES J. PATTERSON,
State Senator from Chester County!
We heartily concur in the above :
/President of Board of Trustees of
\ Gen'] Assembly you. Pres. Ch'rh.
J. J. McLure,
President of Nat. Bank of Chester.
J. L. Harris,
Cashier Nat. Bank of Chester.
S. E. Babcock, M. D.
H. F. Chreitzberg,
f Pastor Methodist K. Church, South,
[ and Secretary So. Ca. Conference.
R. W. Sanders,
Pastor Baptist Church.
Jas. S. Moffatt,
Pastor A. R. P. Church.
Pastor Presbyterian Church,
and Managing Pvditor So." Pres. Quarterly
Cheder, S. C, March 5, 1888.
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TO THE PRESENT AND FORMER STUDENTS
AND ALL FRIENDS OF
RRANGEMENTS have been made to eonimence a new-
school building to be called
- CENTENNIAL HALL.=^-
It is to be one hundred and twenty-five feet in length and
two and a half stories high, providing School -Rooms, Chapel,
Library and Reading-Room, Science-Room, and Dormitories
for young men.
The "Old Mansion" on the hill will then be given up wholly
for the Boarding Department and
^THE YOUNG LADIES HALL,^
Accommodations will in this way be provided for the young
men away from the valley across the railroad, convenient to the
work, more favorable to health, in more wholesome surroundings,
and under more immediate supervision and care.
The work of the new building is to be done mainly by Stu-
Enough means have been obtained to warrant the commence-
ment of the building, but for its completion we shall need the help
of all who have been interested in this work in the past, and who
are anxious for \U prosperity in the future.
When completed, nearly one hundred and fifty young men
and women can find pleasant rooms and boarding accommodations
in the Institute buildings.
We are now opening books for contributions, and shall be
glad to receive subscriptions from twenty-five cents upwards.
All subscriptions will be carefully recorded in a volume and
preserved for future reference, and all moneys received will be de-
posited in the National Bank of Chester.
In making contributions, you may meet with friends who will
be ready to join you, and willingly add their help that Brainerd
Institute may become, in largely increased measure, through
coming years a fountain of educational, moral, and religious
S. LOOMIS, Principal.
Chester, S. C, Feb. 14, 1888.
The taste and skill of the Teachers and .students of the Indus-
trial Department, in Landscape Gardening, find abundant scope in
ornamenting and beautifying the grounds, with vegetable garden,
vineyard, orchard, and lawn, and about a fourth of a mile of car-
riage ways and walks, which are being lined with shrubbery, roses,
chrysanthemums, and other floral decorations.
The Institute has a corps of eight teachers well fitted and
qualified for their several spheres of labor.
The educational work the Institittk aims to accomplish is
through the workshop, on the grounds, and in the domestic work
of the Boarding and Young Ladies Department :
preparing teachers for the Public Schools of the country ;
with extended courses in the natural sciences, illustrated with mi-
croscope and teleseope, and from extensive lithological, geologic-
al, mineralogieal and botanical collections, much attention being
also given to hygienic study and training;
with daily studies for the moulding of character, and special train-
ing for Christian service ;
bv preparing for the actual duties of the actual spheres of life and
A new building, one hundred and twenty-five feet in length,
and two and a half stories high, with School Rooms, Chapel
Library, Reading-Room, Science-Room, and Dormitories for
young men, is being erected mainly by student labor.
The last year lias been one of marked prosperity, the entire
enrollment being somewhat above three hundred, over eighty in
attendance from abroad, and about sixty boarding in the build-
ings ; the health of the scholars in the main is excellent ; there
has been much devotion to study and all matters of improve-
ment ; gracious reviving? followed the "Day of Prayer" and num-
bers were gathered into the fold of Christ.
Chester is easily accessible by railroad from every direction.
That the future of Bkainehd Institute may have through
many generations a career marked distinguishingly and preemi-
nently by Biblical and Spiritual training, by an unceasing suc-
cession of the reviving showers of Heavenly grace — the mantle of
David Bkainerd resting on the laborers, and the Master's spirit
animating inspiring and guiding all the work — is the hope and
prayer of those who have been permitted to labor in its early his-
tory, but are now drawing near the close of their lengthy, toilsome,
sometimes discouraging hut often joyous service.
5. LOOMIS, Principal.
Mai:ch 10, 1888.